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Possible Candidate for UK Job, Kliff Kingsbury, is Broyles Award Nominee

Possible candidate for the newly opened Kentucky Football job, Kliff Kingsbury, was recently nominated as a finalist for the Broyles Award.  If you’re unfamiliar, the Broyles Award recognizes the person who is viewed to be the top assistant football coach in the nation. Kingsbury, who is the Offensive Coordinator for Texas A&M, has helped guide the Aggies to a 9-2 record while his offense is going for 543.7 yards (SEC record) and 43.5 points per game.  While he doesn’t have any previous experience as a college head coach, he could be the exciting hire that Kentucky needs to revitalize its fallen football program.

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

38 Comments for Possible Candidate for UK Job, Kliff Kingsbury, is Broyles Award Nominee



  1. BigBluSoTru
    6:35 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Man Cards injury bug hitting them already Dieng is out with a injury wrist tonite. That sucks for them without having a player like that not being able to play. That rat face coach i was hoping the cards would destroy them but without that center it’s gonna be hard to replace him.



  2. Allcatseverhthing
    6:35 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    If its not Petrino, then I really hope it is Kingsbury!!!! He’s a young firecracker that would bring a very exciting offense to commonwealth. This dude would turn max smith into a stud!



  3. Dr. Funke
    6:37 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Out of all the candidates, this mght possibly be the worst. Not all coordinators make good head coaches. Joker coordinated one of the best offenses in UK history in 2007, a lot of people forget that. We should go after a head coach from a smaller conference.



  4. Archie Knows
    6:38 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    He could seduce the mom of every top recruit in the nation. It’s the perfect recruiting tactic.



  5. Danny
    6:39 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    He is too good looking to be a HC.



  6. Joe
    6:40 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Hey I need to go as my vaginitis is kicking in again



  7. UK Football Fan
    6:47 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    He is going to be the Sean Payton of this coaching search. I hope he gets an interview.



  8. BBN#1
    6:48 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    coordinated best offense in UK HISTORY this guy is tearing up the entire SEC including bama #3 that may have been the worst ksr post ever



  9. Mike
    6:50 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    The wife would probably meet Vandy’s coach Franklin’s approval as well. Joker you were a dud coming in and a dud going out. You had no coaching credentials coming in, did not learn or coach anything up while you were here, could not hire a decent coaching staff, and took UK to the bottom of the national football landscape. The only thing you did well was charm Barney and the university out of some substantial cash, and the university and BBN got zero return on that investment while you continued to showcase your ineptitude and embarass the university on a weekly basis. The future has got to look brighter with your departure.



  10. Dr PinDyke
    6:54 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    This guy is another Larry Eustacy, a coed away from the “STAR MAGAZINE” to much baggage, high risk! ala Billy the Drunk, so Wait! It would be a good hire by Mitch another flop, how Mitch still has a job after The Joke and The Drunk is mind boggling.



  11. burger
    6:55 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    What is an AD to be graded on to determine if he’s worth his salary?

    3 Things & They Are Equally Important:

    1. Coaching Selection
    1. Fund Raising Ability
    1. Confidence in Future Ability (Based on Past & Current Responses To Responsibilities)

    Now we can talk about the Olympic sports all we want but… they don’t happen if fundingisn’t in place.

    UK’s Funding Sources:
    1. Men’s Football
    2. Men’s Basketball
    3. I’m not sure on this now but for them last discussion of this (several years ago), none of the other sports break even.

    Barnhart Grade:
    – He made 1 hire that kept him in his job (and that was on the guy he refused to hire 2 years earlier — Calipari).
    – His fund raising ability is a D in SEC Athletics (in comparison to the other programs — peers).
    – Confidence? UK Football (the main funding sport) under his watch win a significantly lower % of games (42.74%) than before he was hired (50.82%). He is faced with hiring a 3rd coach in 9 years.

    Attendance is down 315% (Vandy @ Uk 2010 compared to Vandy @ UK 2012) and the athletic program is intentionally releasing inaccurate numbers to cover up for the loss…
    http://www.wildcatnation.net/forum/showthread.php?102244-Announced-and-actual-attendance-for-2012-UK-Football

    You have confidence in people who have shown that they can do their jobs. You hired them for that ability. People make mistakes, and they pay the price for them.

    Bobby Petrino is off Mitch Barnhart’s list for character issues, even though he has hired others who have major NCAA violations and significantly more questionable character issues (Dennis Erickson, BCG, Rick Brooks).

    We’re not going to bunch Cal in with people who have direct NCAA records or off the court issues (since he doesn’t), yet Cal was the one guy Barnhart had a hard time hiring (and passed on in 2007).

    He was single handedly responsible for sending our basketball program directly into the gutter (and it certainly sat there). Costs the University millions on the do over (payoff to BCG) and ends up hiring the guy he refused to hire before.

    Here we are with an AD that lacks the ability to discern the weight of negatives when hiring a coach. We can’t continue to put this responsibility in the hands of someone who has lost the confidence of 70% of the football fans.

    This isn’t a laboratory experiment. It’s our program. Make a stand and allow awareness of reality to set in. Our program deserves so much better than this inexperienced failure.



  12. Dr PinDyke
    7:01 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    #11) great post, but I don’t feel Mitch hired Cal the second time on his own, he had help(Pratt) he needs that support again, or he is going to hire another flop and when that happens the fan base will slowly move farther apart



  13. Han
    7:08 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    His lack of head coach experience is the biggest problem. He’ll probably get a job at a bottomfeeder or a FCS school in a couple years if someone like us don’t take a huge risk with him.

    If we’re not going to go for a homerun, I’d rather take a shot on a guy like this than a humdrum coach, but since Mitch’s job depends on it, he’ll try to play it safe unless forced.

    Of course, a pie-in-the-sky name like Bob Stoops as came up in the radio show would be nice. “Hi, recruits. I was coaching at Oklahoma but I couldn’t pass up the chance to coach in the SEC at such a great school. They haven’t won a lot in football lately, but you’ve seen what they’ve done in basketball. They’re dying to win big there and I’d like you help me win the next SEC title, and maybe, just maybe, a national championship.” “At Kentucky?” “People used to say Boise St. would never win a BCS bowl game, too. Believe me, an SEC team with me as coach will win.”



  14. tyson
    7:09 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    As a single man in Lexington, I don’t want him hired. It was tough enough to compete for women with BCG, I can’t imagine how it would be with KK.

    As a UK football fan though, I think it would be a solid hire.



  15. Pappa D Nutts
    7:10 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch is disliked among the fan base, he comes off like an arrogant a$$, when he hires another flop, within the first 2 years CWS will set record attendance and not for the better, he better make a good or decent hire, because it seems fans are done with the Bull Sh!t, the commitment that he shows toward the football program is pathetic, he has already hired two flops ( The drunk, The joke) he had help with the coach Cal hire the second time(Pratt)he is very fortunate he is still the AD, I for one are not impressed.



  16. SimpsonHott
    7:26 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Nice “front tuck” he’s rocking there



  17. Funky Monkey
    7:40 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    However from this photo, it looks like this guy could be a good recuiter.



  18. dave
    7:48 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    11-
    stop posting. you’re terrible. you dont know what you’re talking about and not helping anything.
    UT isnt hiring petrino either. & auburn may not as well. its not just barnhart dumba**.

    “Attendance is down 315%” think about that statement for a second.



  19. Pooptooth
    7:57 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Kliff is my top choice as far as assistants go. This guy is going to be a top notch head coach. I hope Mitch interviews him even if he is down on the list.



  20. Han
    8:03 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    A&M has scored a first drive touchdown in 9 straight games. We went 2 years without a first quarter touchdown.

    People will say A&M happens to have a Heisman-caliber QB. But how many great players aren’t sure things at bad schools to show that it takes talent and coaching?

    19) Yup, rather have him than a so-so safe hire. Get him to bring in a great defensive guy, give him a 3-year contract with some out-clauses for us since he has no experience, but with incentives and a promise to extend if he hits it out of the park and to make it easier to recruit on a short leash. He’d get headlines as the youngest coach in the SEC, possibly at a BCS school, period.



  21. Ebola
    8:13 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Besides one of the home run coaches kliff has to be the most exciting option that would put fans in the seats and a young coach would be great. If Mitch can’t pull off one of the bigs it has to be Kingsbury. The man has shown he is great offensive mind coaching in the best conference against the best defenses with a freshman at quarterback( even though that quarterback is pretty special).



  22. schwing
    8:15 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    girlfriend = schaaaaaawing.



  23. Eli
    8:18 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Hell, Mike Pratt encouraged Barnhart to get one hire right so why not let him call the shots on this one as well. Kliff would be my top choice if I were going to hire a coordinator but I’m not the one that makes millions to make these decisions. Just hope we get someone that adds a lot of excitement to our program. Go Cats!!



  24. ukfan
    8:33 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    From all the posts, only 10% of the fan base will like whoever is hired so he and Barnhart won’t have a chance and everybody will be miserable and then discover that there is more to life than worrying about this.



  25. burger
    8:54 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    #18 – dave –

    Sorry, I miscalculated the percentage decrease in attendance. Thanks for questioning…

    Vandy @ UK 2010 – 60,391
    Vandy @ UK 2012 – 18,885

    Percentage decrease of 68.73%

    If Barnhart hired Petrino, UK would see a percentage increase in attendance of 258% for the next Vandy home game in 2014.

    All other facts in my post #11 stand.



  26. burger
    8:58 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Commonwealth Stadium capacity being 67,606
    http://www.ukathletics.com/athletic-dept/commonwealth-stadium.html

    With a Petrino as coach, we’d have the attendance and booster support that would allow for real stadium talks.

    Barnhart isn’t the man to get the job done because he doesn’t have the discretion capacity for it. Inconsistent (past hires), wavering (gave Joker an extra year when he knew 2 would be needed), a real tragedy is in control of our program.



  27. Ebola
    9:12 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody that doubts kingsbury’s offensive coaching skill look at the score for the A&M vs Missouri game right now. Wow



  28. Head coach please
    10:03 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    No no no. No freakin coordinators. Hire someone who is/has been a head coach even if they have to come out of retirement. Joker wasn’t a bad o- coordinator for rich brooks.



  29. truth
    10:36 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    DeAndre LIGGINS… Triple Double
    From NBA.com: ”While his point total might not have been eye-popping like some other, Kentucky alum and current Tulsa 66er DeAndre Liggins had the most efficient, best all-around game of the night. The 6-foot-6 guard scored 15 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out 10 assists, for the first triple-double of the NBA D-League



  30. UKSouthpaw
    10:37 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    If we hire this guy, I will lose my mind hearing all of the yahoos refer to him as KLingsbury… I hope we don’t take a chance that another coordinator will successfully make the jump to head honcho.



  31. ukcat1
    11:20 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Didn’t Sandusky win this award?



  32. yep
    11:26 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    This has been my choice since the search started.



  33. Dano
    7:15 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    So if Kingsbury gets hired, do we become the new “it school” for Abercrombie & Fitch?



  34. David
    10:32 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Could not agree more. Barnhart should be fired if he does not attempt to bring this guy in.



  35. JLivermore
    10:32 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    I agree wholeheartedly with the comments about Mitch, but let’s not let Lee Todd get off with a pass. It was his decision to clean house in the athletics department by firing Ivey and refusing to keep CM Newton on as a consultant as had been promised to him 12 years before to convince him to come to UK. Had Newton been available to advise Barnhart, I don’t think some of the same coaching hires would have been made by Barnhart.



  36. Recruiter
    12:22 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    We get him only if he promises to bring Johnnnnyyyy Football with him.



  37. BocasCat
    6:33 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    He is my TOP choice of coaches that will come to UK. Kliff has been great everywhere he has been and has a great reputation in Texas, that could be huge for recruiting.

    #3 Sonny Dykes is as big of risk as Kliff minus the upside….

    Louisiana Tech ranks 111 out of 124 teams in points allowed per game, giving up 36.2 points per game. They have only allowed fewer than 24 points once this season.

    What does that translate to in the SEC?



  38. Uk man
    6:42 pm November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Ron Caragher. Other coaches say he has what it takes to be a great head coach, even in a difficult situation . . . and there are very few more difficult jobs in College Football. He learned through several bowl years here and knows the landscape.